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Sterling in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rails to Dulles Airport
 
Rails to Dulles Airport Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
1. Rails to Dulles Airport Marker
 
Inscription. In 1958 the federal government began construction of a new international airport near Chantilly, Virginia. The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, whose freight business had been on the decline, enjoyed a resurgence of activity. Cement, stone, and other materials arrived from local quarries by rail to this spot and were trucked to the airport site a few miles south of here.

Dulles International Airport opened 1962. The W&OD limped along for another six years, while a boom in road construction edged out small railroad lines here and throughout the nation. The W&OD ceased operations altogether in August 1968.
 
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 39° 0.949′ N, 77° 26.427′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Pacific Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located between Loudoun County Parkway (CR 607) and Sully Road (Va 28) on the W&OD Trail. The marker is just east of the trail's Broad Run bridge. And is best accessed from the parking area on Sully Road. Marker is in this post office area: Sterling VA 20166, United States of America.
 
Marker along the W&OD Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
2. Marker along the W&OD Trail
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sterling Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Norman's Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road II (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road IV (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road I (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road III (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Vestal's Gap Road (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sterling.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker shows a Siding along W&OD for airport construction, 1959. An inset photo shows Dulles airport under construction early 1960s with a helicopter lowering part of the control tower.
 
Also see . . .
1. A History of Dulles International Airport. From the Washington Airports Authority. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Dulles Airport Has Its Roots in Rural Black Community of Willard. Interesting account of the impact of the airport on Loudoun County. (Submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Area of the Siding Today Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 26, 2009
3. Area of the Siding Today
Likely looking from the opposite direction of the photo on the marker. The siding was probably on the south side (right of the photo) of the railroad (now the paved path).
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,047 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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